Buying Guide

The University of Michigan Tech Shop welcomes you to take advantage of competitive pricing and expert purchasing advice on your personal technology needs.

Special info for:

New Students | Parents | Alumni | Retirees | Dearborn & Flint | Departments

Payment Options

For your convenience, we accept:

  • Credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover)
  • Payroll deduction (for eligible faculty and staff)
  • Student account billing (available to Ann Arbor and Dearborn campus students)
  • Shortcode (for departments)
  • Cash

Financial Assistance

While not a loan program, our payroll deduction and student account billing programs may help finance a computer purchase for eligible customers. Charging purchases to student account billing can have an impact on pending financial aid or grants; please contact Student Financial Services with questions or for information about payment plans.

Students needing assistance with loans or funding for a computer purchase are encouraged to discuss their options with a financial aid advisor.

Fulfillment Services

On Campus Locations: Shop in-store for personalized service and hands-on demos. We have items in stock, ready to take home with you today.

Store Pickup: Order online, and we’ll notify you when your products are ready to pick up at the store location of your choice. Be sure to bring UMID (MCard)!

Shipping: We ship to anywhere in the continental United States (excluding P.O. Boxes); this does include U-M campus addresses. We ship via UPS, and fees will be calculated at the time of checkout based on the shipping option selected. Fees include insurance.

Departmental Delivery: Delivery is a complimentary service for departmental customers in Ann Arbor. Visit Departmental Purchases for details.

Purchasing Guidelines

Products purchased from Tech Shop are for personal use only. Software may not be resold. Computing devices may not be sold within two years from the date of purchase.

Some vendors may limit the number of computing devices an individual may purchase in one academic year (July 1 to June 30). Please let us know if you have questions about any limits that may apply to your purchase.

Eligibility Requirements

Tech Shop sales are sometimes limited to specific groups by our vendors. Rules vary by product and vendor. Please contact us if you have any questions about buying from Tech Shop.

Computing devices are the most commonly limited items. In general, these are available to:

  • degree-seeking U-M students;
  • regular U-M staff;
  • U-M faculty, emeritus faculty, and Regents;
  • U-M alumni;
  • U-M departments.

Eligible buyers of restricted products must show valid U-M ID (like an Mcard) to make a purchase.

Software Information

As an authorized academic reseller, we offer education pricing on several Mac and Windows software titles.

Due to the educational discount, software vendors have strict guidelines about who can buy, how many of the same software packages you can purchase, how many times the software can be installed and how the software can be used.

Please select products carefully because software is not returnable. We can help you determine if your computer will handle the system requirements of the software you're buying. The more you know about your computer's operating system, memory and tech specs the better.

U-M Microsoft Office 365

U-M Microsoft Office 365 is available to current University of Michigan faculty, staff, students, and emeritus with regular (not temporary) uniqnames. Alumni and retirees are not included in our license with Microsoft.

Learn more and get started using U-M Microsoft Office 365

Software Delivery

For some software titles, download instructions will be sent to your UMICH email address once payment is received.

For titles requiring transfer of physical product, you can pick up at one of our campus store locations, or we can ship the item to you. Please note a shipping fee may apply to your order.


Tech Shop sells licensed software for personal use. Departments may only purchase licensed software on a shortcode for use on a faculty/staff member's personal computer.

For more information about licensed software products for use on university-owned computers, please visit ITS Software Services.